Restoring Your Railway Fund

The Department for Transport announced the £500m Restoring Your Railway Fund in January 2020 to enable opportunities to reinstate railway services and add new railway stations to the railway network. The fund has been split into three funding pots that support proposals that are at different stages of their development. Some media organisations have dubbed it the Reverse Beeching fund.

Proposed Railway Schemes is reporting on the latest updates that are in the public domain. The Restoring Your Railways fund and New Stations Fund 3 tags are used for articles where proposals are expected to submit bids to these funds.

Note: Potential applicants should use the guidance and links on the Department for Transport website. The Network Rail website contains information for applicants wishing to apply for New Stations Fund round 3.

The Restoring Your Railway Fund has been split into three funds to support projects that are at different stages of development:

  • Ideas Fund
  • Accelerating Existing Proposals
  • Proposals for new or restored stations (also known as New Stations Fund 3)

Ideas Fund

Applications to this fund are at an early stage of development, requiring support to develop an initial business case. The successful applicants have a proposal that restores railway services to communities that are not connected on the railway network. Examples include restoring railway services on freight lines, disused formations or creating new alignments that run parallel to previous corridors. The fund will offer 75% of costs up to £50k for successful proposals, which will focus on transport and economic studies that will support an initial business case.

There will be at least three rounds of applications for funding from the Ideas Fund.

Ideas Fund – Round 1 (March)

Round 1 closed in March. Expressions of Interest were required by 28 February and the deadline for applications being 16 March 2020. The Department for Transport received sixty applications for funding, which were scrutinised by the panel in May 2020.

On 23 May, it was announced that ten applications had been successfully awarded funding.

Ideas Fund – Round 2 (June)

Round 2 deadlines are Friday 22 May 2020 to register your interest and Friday 19 June 2020 to submit applications.

Ideas Fund – Round 3 (November)

The deadline for round 3 is expected to be November 2020

Accelerating Existing Proposals

Applications to this fund have already completed existing business cases/supporting analysis and require further support to move to the next stage of the business case and design process.

Proposals for new and restored railway stations

Round 3 of the New Stations Fund has launched, offering up to £20m towards proposed railway stations that could be delivered within the next five years.